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The continual pilgrimage : American writers in Paris, 1944-1960

Author: Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Between 1944 and 1960 a second great wave of American writers took up residence in Paris, seeking the artistically charged atmosphere so pervasive during the Jazz Age. While much has been written about the Lost Generation between the wars, little attention has been paid to their postwar successors as a group. And yet, what a dazzling array of talent was present in Paris during this period! Richard Wright, James  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Biography
Named Person: Paris
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno
ISBN: 0802113710 9780802113719
OCLC Number: 24872108
Description: x, 345 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "What it doesn't take away" --
The liberation of Sylvia Beach, and other tales of August 1944 --
"Living largely on vegetables and mostly without heat" --
"Courage to be courageous": the last works and days of Gertrude Stein --
The chosen exile of Richard Wright --
James Baldwin: equal in Paris --
The rebirth of Paris English-language publishing: little magazines, literature, and D.B.'s --
The Paris Review --
"In Paris in a loud dark winter" --
The legacy of hurt: the odyssey of Chester Himes --
Among their fellow Americans: Irwin Shaw and James Jones in Paris --
Locus Solus et Socii: Harry Matthews and John Ashbery --
At the Beat Hotel --
The continual pilgrimage.
Responsibility: Christopher Sawyer-Lauc̦anno.

Abstract:

Between 1944 and 1960 a second great wave of American writers took up residence in Paris, seeking the artistically charged atmosphere so pervasive during the Jazz Age. While much has been written about the Lost Generation between the wars, little attention has been paid to their postwar successors as a group. And yet, what a dazzling array of talent was present in Paris during this period! Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Styron, James Jones, Chester Himes, George Plimpton, John Ashbery, Harry Mathews, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alexander Trocchi, and William Burroughs are among those who flocked to Paris and who flourished through the experience. Indeed, many of these literary wanderers and expatriates produced some of their most important and enduring poetry and fiction during these years, their collective efforts inspiring new creative directions for the second half of the century. The Continual Pilgrimage is a biographical/historical portrait of the friendships and associations they formed, the cross-cultural influences they occasioned, what they discovered, and what they brought back. Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno merges the Paris of glamorous legend with the sometimes starker reality they encountered into a highly entertaining and anecdotal account of writers following a dream and finding a vision.
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